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Thursday, 7 March 2013
Absent Blog Friends (JohnD).
Blogging allows us to encounter all sorts of people, in all sorts of places. Welsh chicken aficionados, Somerset stone cutters, Lincolnshire big-game hunters, and even Angolan restaurateurs.
As I look back at some of my old postings, I occasionally come across comments from the Australian blogger, 'JohnD'. He was a charming commentator, and always spoke good common sense. I've just this minute been reading a few.
His own blog, 'Tok Tok place', was interesting, informative, and fun. The perfect introduction to Aussie life.
So it was with huge sadness that, on December 4th 2012, I read his final posting entitled 'End of days'. He knew he was on borrowed time, and made sure that he said a proper goodbye to all his followers.
If you weren't familiar with JohnD's blog (address below), do have a look at his final post. It was an extraordinary example to all of us; especially considering the circumstances. A truly 'gentlemanly' exit.
I'm flying off to Australia in the morning. By coincidence my youngest son
William is also going in the same direction, and he suggested we meet up in
1 year ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone is very welcome.
I was born just outside London, but for the past 41 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a large vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), a Labrador dog called Monty, a Border Collie cross called Bok, a cat called Freddie, two hens, plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!
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